Argo, Les Mis, Girls, and Homeland win big at 2013 Golden Globes

The always unconventional – sometimes hilariously so – Golden Globes threw a wrench into awards season by sharing the wealth, suggesting Lincoln isn’t quite a mortal lock for Best Picture at the Oscars.

Amy Tina

At a ceremony hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the mysterious Hollywood Foreign Press Association named Argo the Best Motion Picture (Drama) of 2012, and consoled Ben Affleck on his Academy snub by giving him the Best Director prize.

Les Miserables took home the Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) award, though, it must be said, it was up against some fairly small potatoes. Stars Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway predictably walked away with the Best Actor (Comedy or Musical) and Best Supporting Actress accolades.

Daniel Day-Lewis was given a reason to be glad he played Lincoln (after turning down the part… twice) when he won Best Actor (Drama), while Jessica Chastain claimed Best Actress (Drama) for the controversy-baiting Zero Dark Thirty.

Christoph Waltz’s sorta-lead turn in Django Unchained led to his second Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe. The last time he took to the stage was for Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Tarantino himself picked up Best Screenplay.

Jennifer Lawrence’s performance in Silver Linings Playbook earned her the Best Actress (Musical or Comedy) nod, which the flu-ridden 22-year-old celebrated by quipping “I beat Meryl Streep!”

Michael Haneke’s Amour won Best Foreign Language Film; an honour second only to sharing some sweet bro time with Brett Ratner over the weekend.

Composer Mychael Danna’s score to Life of Pi was also recognised, meaning that every Best Picture nominee at the Oscars – save Beasts of the Southern Wild – took home a trophy.

Adele’s theme to Skyfall was called Best Original Song, and Pixar’s Brave secured Best Animated Film (two victories that were likely by default).

Over in TV land, Girls and Homeland were the big winners.

Lena Dunham was named Best Actress (Comedy or Musical) – beating out hosts Fey and Poehler – for her work on the zeitgeisty Girls, the first season of which collected Best Television Series (Comedy or Musical).

The HFPA called Homeland the year’s Best Television Series (Drama), and stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis their Best Actor and Actress (Drama).

Don Cheadle picked up Best Actor (Comedy or Musical) for House of Lies.

Dame Maggie Smith earned yet another gong for her supporting turn in Downton Abbey.

Game Change, the HBO telemovie detailing Sarah Palin’s brief rise to near-power, won Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. Julianne Moore and Ed Harris, who played Palin and John McCain respectively, won Best Actress and Supporting Actor in that category.

Who knows what this all means for the upcoming 85th Academy Awards ceremony? The winners of that other horse race will be announced on February 24, 2013.

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